University of Iowa

Sarah Saffian

Sarah Saffian (M.F.A., Columbia) is the author of Ithaka, her memoir of being an adoptee who was found by her birth family. Formerly a professor of journalism at NYU and the New School, and teacher of memoir at Sarah Lawrence, Sarah has written for publications including The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Yoga Journal, and has been a writer-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Millay Colony. As a psychotherapist (LCSW, NYU), Sarah counsels individuals and groups, and blends her areas of interest and expertise in Therapeutic Writing, using memoir prompts as a tool for encouraging reflection, processing, and discovery. This is Sarah’s twelfth summer at the Festival. Please visit: http://www.saffian.com.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 21 to July 26 2019
Instructor(s): 
Sarah Saffian

In grappling with the cardinal question of memoir—Who cares?—this workshop zeroes in on what’s most compelling about our life stories. What about us is potentially interesting to others? Can a personal essay stand alone as a complete mini-memoir?

 

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Sarah Saffian

In an effort to get over ourselves as personal storytellers, we’ll strive in this intensive course to make every sentence, indeed every word, count. What must be there for a reader to get a sense of us? What’s that inciting incident, organizing principle, heat-seeking moment, which could drive our memoirs?